Winthrop University: ONCA - Award Listings - Awards in the Arts, Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
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Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA)

Award Listings

Awards in the Arts, Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences

Contact ONCA to ask questions about an award or to schedule an appointment with the ONCA director, who advises WU students interested in applying for competitive awards. Click on a link to view additional award information:

Awards for Undergraduate Study and Internships

  • Truman Scholarship for juniors committed to pursuing graduate study and public service careers


Awards for Graduate Study and Research

  • Emerson Hunger Fellowships recent graduates who want to gain field experience and develop leadership skills in social justice fields
  • Fulbright-mtvU Award for graduating seniors, recent graduates and graduate students to conduct music projects abroad


The Carnegie Endowment's Junior Fellows Program

Description: The Carnegie Endowment offers up to ten one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. Founded in 1910, its work is nonpartisan and dedicated to achieving practical results.  Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates, especially in political science, international studies, the climate, etc. Positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. Junior fellows are currently paid a gross salary of $2,916.66 per month ($35,000 per year). A full benefits package is also provided.

Eligibility: Graduating seniors - must not have yet started graduate study.
Application: (available only through ONCA director)
ONCA Deadline:
December 15


College to Congress

Description: Most college students receiving financial aid can't afford to take a summer off paid work to intern in Congress for free. And few have the political connections to secure themselves a spot even if they decide to take the opportunity.That's where we come in. College to Congress wants to help you land your dream internship in Congress and give you the means to make it happen. Congressional interns develop their leadership skills, obtain policy knowledge, and get to work on America's toughest challenges.Our internship program is nine weeks long and takes place during the busy summer months before Congress heads into recess. If you are selected to join the program, we will work with you to secure an internship in either the House of Representatives or the Senate.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 20 years of age on or before the first day of the internship, and meet the following criteria: You must qualify for FAFSA Federal Pell Grant. A Student Aid Report (SAR) will be required as proof of your FAFSA Pell Grant eligibility.This scholarship is reserved for upperclassmen (Juniors and Seniors). You must have completed your sophomore year of college by May before you begin your internship and be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution).You must be available to live in Washington, D.C. from the beginning of June -the beginning of August.
Application Information:
ONCA Deadline:
September 15

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics

Description: Elie Wiesel and his wife, Marion, established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity soon after he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize for Peace. The Foundation's mission, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, is to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality. The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest was established in 1989 as an annual competition designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action. There is a $5000 first prize, $2500 second prize, $1500 third prize, and 2 $500 honorable mentions for personal essays on ethics. This year's Suggested Topics are:

What does your own experience tell you about the relationship between politics and ethics and, in particular, what could be done to make politics more ethical?
Articulate with clarity an ethical issue you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.
Carefully examine the ethical aspects or implications of a major literary work, a film or a significant piece of art.
Clearly analyze the relationship between religion and ethics in today's world.
How does a recent political or cultural event shed light on the ethics of rebellion/revolution?

Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the US are welcome to enter the Essay Contest.
Application Information: 
ONCA Deadline: December 1

Emerson Hunger Fellowships

The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a social justice program that trains, inspires, and sustains leaders. Fellows gain field experience fighting hunger and poverty through placements in community based organizations across the country, and policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. The program bridges community-based efforts and national public policy, and fellows develop as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.

The Emerson Program supports a diversity of local and national approaches to eliminate hunger, poverty and social inequality, particularly racism. We seek to craft successful and mutually beneficial partnerships between Fellows and partner organizations while developing a new generation of hunger and poverty leaders.

Eligibility: Recent college graduates are encouraged to apply.  Fellows typically bring a variety of academic backgrounds and life experiences to the program, but all have leadership experience and a firm commitment to social justice.  Most Fellows have been involved in service or advocacy work, but there is no specific anti-hunger service criteria required for selection.
Application Information:
ONCA Deadline:
December 1


FTE - Fund for Theological Education

Description: From fellowships for prospective and current seminary students to recruitment initiatives for congregations, this program includes support for undergraduate students who intend to continue on to a ministry and support in the first and/or second year of seminary.  The undergraduate fellowship includes a $2000 stipend and attendance at a conference on ministry. For seminary students, the FTE offers three programs:  Congregational Fellows: FTE matches dollar for dollar the congregation's $2,000-$5,000 contribution to the Fellow's first-year costs. Congregational Fellows also attend the FTE Conference on Excellence in Ministry. VEV Fellows: Selected volunteers receive a $2,500 stipend for first-year tuition and living expenses and attend the FTE Conference on Excellence in Ministry.

Eligibility: Undergraduate program: current sophomore or junior in an accredited undergraduate program at a North American college or university and have been nominated by a college faculty member, administrator, campus minister or current pastor. You must be considering ministry as a career (although it isn't necessary to have decided). GPA of at least 3.0. You must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen. Congregational Fellows must be preparing to enter the first year of a full-time Master of Divinity program in the fall at a seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. (You're not eligible if you're already enrolled for an M.Div., M.T.S., Th.M. or M.A. degree.) You must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen 35 years of age or younger. Congregational Fellows must be nominated and supported with matching funds by a congregation. VEV  Fellows must complete a one-year service program and be preparing to enter the first year of a Master of Divinity program at a seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. (Persons already enrolled in or planning to enroll in an M.T.S., Th.M. or M.A. degree program are not eligible for this award.) You must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen 35 years of age or younger.
ONCA Deadline: For the Undergraduate Fellowship, students must be nominated by Feb. 1. Nominees will be contacted by email and invited to submit an application. Applications are due to the ONCA office March 1. Congregational and VEV applications are due April 1. Ministry Fellow applications are due March 1.

Fulbright-mtvU Award

Description: Up to four awards will be available to pursue projects around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference will be given to creative projects that are conveyed in a dynamic fashion and are accompanied by a feasible plan. In addition to presenting unique projects on music as a global force for mutual understanding, applicants must submit a Documentation and Outreach Plan describing how they intend to share their activities with their peers during their Fulbright year abroad through mtvU print, broadcast and/or online mediums. The Documentation and Outreach Plan form must be submitted as part of the Fulbright application. Applicants are encouraged to consider all aspects of the power of music in developing their proposals. Along with the study of music in a specific cultural context, proposals will be considered in other music-related fields including music and social activism; music in learning; music and the community and musical performance.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen; senior, recent graduate, or graduate student. Preference will be given to graduating seniors who meet all host country requirements, including those related to language, affiliation and program start dates. Please refer to the Participating Country Summaries for details. Applications for all countries where there is an active U.S. Student Fulbright Program are encouraged.
Application Information:
Deadline: March 1

James Madison Memorial Fellowship

Description: The Madison Fellowship supports future teachers for one or two years of graduate study leading to either a Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, or Master of Education with an emphasis on American history, government, political science, or other relevant concentration. It provides a stipend for up to two years of master's level graduate study. The maximum amount of each award is $24,000. Fellowship payments cover the actual costs of tuition, required fees, books, and room and board but cannot exceed $12,000 per academic year. Normally, fellows receive less than the maximum amount.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen or U.S. national; senior, recent graduate, or graduate student; Must be a teacher (Senior Fellowships), or plan to become a teacher (Junior Fellowships), of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level. After earning the master's degree, a James Madison Fellow is required to teach one of the above classes in grades 7-12 for one year per each full academic year of study under the fellowship.
Application Information:
Includes two-page proposal, autobiographical statement, three letters of recommendation, language proficiency evaluation, and interview.
Approximate Deadline: March 1


Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship

Description: Kate Neal Kinley possessed a keen interest in music and performance throughout her life. As a young woman growing up in Ohio, she studied music, and at the University of Illinois she helped to found the Alpha Chi Omega sorority in 1899 and served as an honorary member of the Champaign Art Club.  Upon her death in 1931, David Kinley created the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship to promote advanced study in the fine arts. This fellowship not only reflected President Kinley's earlier appointment as dean of the College of Literature and Arts but, more importantly, acknowledged Kate Neal Kinley's persistent dedication to the arts on the University of Illinois campus. The first award was made in 1932. Its continuance today is due to Kinley's original gift and to the dedication of family members. The Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship is also partially funded by the John Robert Gregg Fund at Community Funds, Inc., and The New York Community Trust.

Eligibility: Three major fellowships are awarded: one of up to $20,000 in any field of music; one of up to $20,000 in architectural design and history, art and design, theatre, dance, or instrumental or vocal music; one of up to $9,000 in art, architecture, dance, landscape architecture, theatre, or urban and regional planning. The fellowships are to be used by the recipients toward defraying the expenses of advanced study in the United States or abroad. The fellowships are open to graduates of the College of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and to graduates of similar institutions of equal educational standing whose principal or major studies have been in the fields of art, architecture, dance, landscape architecture, music, theatre, and urban and regional planning.
Application Information:
 Deadline: November 15


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Description: The purpose of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in the relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees, including engineering and computer and information science. NSF Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. So that the nation can build fully upon the strength and creativity of a diverse society, the Foundation welcomes applications from all qualified individuals and strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to compete fully in this program. The National Science Foundation awards 1000 three-year graduate fellowships for study and research in the sciences, mathematics, physics, biology, social sciences, engineering, and the history and philosophy of science.

Eligibility: Must be US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents; college seniors, first-year graduate students.
ONCA Deadline: October 15
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University,


Newhouse Foundation Graduate Newspaper Fellowship for Minorities

Description: The Newhouse Graduate Fellowship and Apprenticeship in Newspaper Journalism for Minorities seeks students with outstanding qualifications and the potential to make significant contributions to the field of newspaper journalism. It also seeks to increase the number of minority journalists in the country. A highly competitive program, it provides two generous awards each year to minority students who have majored in subjects other than journalism as undergraduates. Students commit to 18 months of graduate study followed by 12 months of professional reporting as apprentices with The Syracuse Post-Standard or another Newhouse newspaper. The fellowship includes tuition, a $1400 monthly stipend, and up to $1500 in relocation expenses.

Eligibility: MA program applicants to Syracuse University's Newhouse school of public communications.  Applicants must not have majored in journalism at the undergraduate level.
Information: For program information, see
ONCA Deadline:
  January 15


New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Internships

Description: The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers in art museums. Based upon their academic training and interests, as well as the availability of projects, interns work in one of the Metropolitan's departments - curatorial, education, conservation, administration, or library. Most projects require a strong knowledge of art history. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: Requirements vary depending on the specific internship.  In general, a strong knowledge of art history is required. Internships are open to both U.S. citizens and non-citizens.
ONCA Deadline: December 1


Organization of American States Fellowships

Description: The Department of Human Development of the Organization of American States (OAS) administers one of the hemisphere's largest multinational fellowships and training programs. In recent years the Department of Human Development has provided several hundred fellowships for graduate studies and research, fellowships for undergraduate studies at universities through the region and awards for specialized, short-term training at educational institutions and training centers in OAS Member and Observer States. OAS offers fellowships for graduate study or research in the Americas in any field except medical and related fields and introductory language studies. Awards are tenable for at least 3 months and up to 2 years and provide travel expenses, tuition, special fees, study materials, and a subsistence allowance.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a university degree, know the language of their host country, and secure acceptance at chosen university, study center, or research site.
Application Information:
Approximate Deadline: March 15

Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA)

Description: The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a national program that prepares young adults for an advanced degree and ultimately for careers and influential roles serving the public good. PPIA has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings. The PPIA Fellowship Program is designed to prepare college juniors or rising seniors from diverse backgrounds for graduate studies in public and/or international affairs and groom them for professional roles in public service. Full tuition to attend PPIA Junior Summer Institute, plus a minimum $1,000 stipend. Minimum of $5,000 toward graduate school tuition. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum. Eligibility for paid internships and other professional development opportunities.

Eligibility: U.S. Citizen; completion of junior year; at least one semester of undergraduate study remaining. Must be committed to completing a Master's Degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools. Must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public service such as government, nonprofits, humanitarian and international organizations, and other related programs. Must contribute to the diversity of perspectives. Economic need is given consideration.
Application Information:
ONCA Deadline:
October 15


The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship

Description: The U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program was renamed the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program to honor one of the most distinguished and capable American diplomats of the latter half of the 20th century. Mr. Pickering held the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. He served as Ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India, and the Russian Federation, finishing his career as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The goal of the fellowship program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The program develops a source of trained men and women who will represent the skill needs of the Department and who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.

Eligibility: Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale. At the time of application, candidates must be seeking admission to graduate school for the following academic year. Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master's degree program in either public policy, international affairs, or public administration, or in an academic field such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages (U.S. graduate institutions only).
ONCA Deadline: January 15


The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Undergraduate Fellowship

Description: The U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program was renamed the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program to honor one of the most distinguished and capable American diplomats of the latter half of the 20th century. Mr. Pickering held the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. He served as Ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India, and the Russian Federation, finishing his career as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study, with reimbursement for books and for travel (one round trip per academic year, up to a set maximum amount). Fellows must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools participating in the program. Participating graduate schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need. Fellows meet annually in Washington, D.C., for a program orientation.

Eligibility: Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered; Applicants must be in the junior year of undergraduate study; Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application; A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program. Consideration will be given to qualified applicants who, in addition to outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement, demonstrate financial need. The number of fellowships will be determined by available funding. Finalists will attend an interview session in Washington, D.C.; the program pays the costs of transportation to the interview. Those selected as new Fellows will attend an orientation in Washington, D.C. Medical and security clearances will be required for program participation.
ONCA Deadline: January 15
Contact: Dr. Leslie Bickford, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, University College, Winthrop University,

Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society

Description: Annually, Sigma Tau Delta offers a variety of scholarships valued at up to $5,000 each. Because these scholarship opportunities are offered exclusively to Sigma Tau Delta members, those members who take the time to submit a carefully put-together application obviously have a significantly increased chance of receiving an award--and completing the application process is excellent practice for those planning to attend graduate school or apply for a job. Applications are judged based on academics and service, as well as on the quality of writing in essays or statements that are required for the scholarships.

Eligibility: Membership in Sigma Tau Delta English honor Society
ONCA Deadline:
Study Abroad Scholarship: March 10 (For Study Abroad in the Fall); November 10 (For Study Abroad in the Spring); All Other Scholarships: March 10


Smithsonian Institution Fellowships, Grants, and Internships

Description: Smithsonian Institution offers a wide range of support for research and study at a variety of levels in fields actively pursued by its museums, research institutes, and research offices, including Latino and Native American Community Fellowships. Internships range from unpaid to $500/wk for 10 weeks, and up. Fellowship opportunities range from: Senior and Postdoctoral - $35,000 per year; Earth and Planetary Sciences Senior and Postdoctoral - $40,000 per year; Predoctoral - $22,000 per year; Graduate Students - $4,500

Eligibility: Open to all.
Application Information:
ONCA Deadlines: For Internships: rotating throughout the year, but roughly January, June, and October. For Fellowships: December 15


Society for the Psychological Study of Applied Social Issues  (SPSSI)

Description: Program designed to encourage research, intervention projects, nonpartisan lobbying for legislation, and writing and implementing public policy. This organization page lists numerous, major fellowships and funding opportunities that may be of benefit to SPSSI student members. A brief description, summary of eligibility criteria, and contact information are provided for each fellowship. Deadline dates are noted in caps next to the name of the Fellowship. Dates with asterisks (*) indicate the expected deadline listed is based on last year's competition. Recipient awards cover research costs, community, organizing, summer stipends, and other related expenses. Proposals are invited for applying social science principles to social issues.

Eligibility: Applicants may be from fields of psychology, applied social science, and related disciplines. College seniors and graduate students may apply.
ONCA Deadlines: Vary by award

Truman Scholarship

Description: The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development. Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs:  Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, The Truman Fellows Program, and the Public Service Law Conference. Please visit the For Scholars section of the website for an overview of the programs the Foundation currently offers for Scholars. The Truman Scholarship assists future leaders in public service and government with funding for the senior year of undergraduate study and two or three years of graduate study.

Eligibility: Junior, B average and upper fourth of class; U.S. national; major and career interest leading to some area of public service.
Includes an analysis of a public policy issue or problem, statement of interest in a career in government or public service, and three letters of recommendation. See for all details and to apply.
Approximate Deadline:
Candidate Online Registration Deadline: January 31
ONCA Deadline: January 15















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